Valley situation very grim
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that any serious measure aimed at resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute will be supported. Guarantee of peace in South Asia lies in Kashmir settlement, he added.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in an interview in Srinagar said that Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing only served as a trigger for the ongoing uprising in Kashmir Valley as the atmosphere was already charged by controversies including setting up of soldier colonies and separate settlements for Kashmiri pundits. He said PDP’s controversial alliance with BJP also angered people in occupied Kashmir. “PDP fought elections on the issues that it will fight India on human rights and political fronts regarding Kashmir but the party shook hands with the same forces to reach the throne and that too made people angry,” he added.
He underlined the political nature of Kashmir dispute, saying as long as the Indian government treats it as a mere administrative or law and order problem, Valley will continue to witness uprisings like in 2008, 2010 and now in 2016.
Calling the present situation in the valley as very grim, he said, “Those who call themselves as people’s elected representatives are killing, maiming and jailing the same people. Pellets are showered on them and the situation is very grim.” He said the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has lost moral ground to rule the territory.
The Mirwaiz said that the people of Kashmir had achieved a moral victory, adding that the resilience of people during last over 100 days once again exhibited that despite Indian oppression and suppression they would not surrender their demands. “You put them in jails, you killed them, you did whatever you liked but people showed utter steadfastness. This is what I call moral victory of people,” he maintained.
About the controversy surrounding holding of exams, he said, “On one hand, they are arresting the students and, on the other, they are out to blackmail the education. The government is doing politics on education of the children. We are clearly demanding postponement of exams for some months so that students could get some time for preparations and they should start releasing the jailed students in the meantime. But they are on an arrest spree instead of releasing the old ones. On the other hand, they are making hue and cry on exams clearly politicizing the issue.”
He strongly demanded that killings should be stopped, arrests should not happen, those arrested should be freed and those who are responsible in killings and injuring people should be punished.
Lashing out at the Indian civil society, he said it should stop issuing “fatwas” in TV studios. “They should come and see the ground realities. Whenever a Kashmiri is killed they say atankawadi (terrorist) is killed. Tell me why Baghat Singh is a martyr for them even he had killed a police officer? How our children who are also on way to achieve freedom are terrorists? The civil society should see through the prism of humanity,” he said.
The forum Chairman said that New Delhi was projecting a misleading picture of occupied Kashmir. He said, “We have been telling the Indian government repeatedly that tourist flow to Kashmir does not represent the real picture of Kashmir but they have been taking shelter in manufactured truths and they have been highlighting the manufactured situation.
The real picture of Kashmir is that people are not allowed to raise their voice. Even religious activities are banned and people have been barred from offering prayers in Srinagar Jamia Masjid for last three months. Kashmir is virtually a police state.”
To a question whether the pellets victims should be compensated at government level, he said that to punish those who injured people is more important than to compensate the wounded.—KMS